May 30, 2007
Sprint Offers Faster Sprint Mobile Broadband Network in Pittsburgh
Upgraded network provides users with the power of significantly faster upload speeds to quickly access rich data files, like email with large file attachments
PITTSBURGH, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 30, 2007--Customers in Pittsburgh can benefit from the fast speeds of the upgraded Sprint (NYSE:S) Mobile Broadband Network - the nation's largest mobile broadband network - that now reaches more than 197 million people in more than 9,600 cities and covers 880 airports with faster mobile broadband technology (EV-DO Rev. A). The upgraded Sprint Mobile Broadband Network enables customers in Pittsburgh to utilize services when they become available like high-speed video telephony, music on demand, video messaging and large file uploads.
The upgraded EV-DO Rev A coverage in the Pittsburgh area provides mobile broadband services through most of Pittsburgh. EV-DO Rev. A coverage in the area includes much of Allegheny County including; Moon Twp., Robinson, Carnegie, McCandless, Ross Twp., Hampton, Allison Park, Oakland, Penn Hills, Monroeville, McKeesport, Mount Lebanon, Baldwin, Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair, Bridgeville, and the City of Pittsburgh. Areas in other surrounding counties include; Wheeling, Washington, New Castle, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Johnstown, Uniontown, Elwood City, Mon Valley, California, Greensburg, Connellsville, Leechburg, Murrysville, Cranberry and New Stanton. The upgrade is part of Sprint's more than $7 billion investment in its wireless and wire line networks nationwide.
News Facts -- The upgraded Sprint Mobile Broadband Network allows customers in the Pittsburgh market to experience significantly faster upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on EV-DO Release 0 networks) and download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (from 400-700 Kbps.) To compare these Rev. A speeds against the speed of their current connection, Internet users can visit www.sprint.com/speedtest. -- In December 2006, the upgraded Sprint Mobile Broadband Network was awarded the coveted PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award selected by a panel of PC Magazine editors, and leading industry experts. Device Portfolio And GPS Leadership Sprint Mobile Broadband (EV-DO Rev. A-capable) Devices
Mobile professionals can use their laptops in more places and send and receive large data files using Sprint's newest EV-DO Rev. A-capable USB modem - the Sierra Wireless Aircard 595U, which is available in all sales channels including retail. The device is priced as low as $79.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and $50 mail-in rebate.
Sprint offers a variety of other EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices including three PCMCIA cards (Novatel S720, Sierra AC595 and Pantech PX-500); an Express Card (Novatel EX720) and two USB modems (Novatel U720 and Sierra AC595U). Sprint also offers a variety of laptops, handheld computers and modules embedded with these more robust capabilities.
Sprint customers using any of the current Novatel devices can perform location-based searches that offer navigational support. The basic Sprint location and search usage is included as part of Sprint's flexible data and unlimited data connection card plans.
In an effort to provide customers the best value in wireless broadband, customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement can receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required and no additional discounts apply.) Other individual service plans for mobile broadband devices range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage with a one-year subscriber agreement. Rates apply to all Sprint Mobile Broadband customers and do not change in areas that have been upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.6 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel Jack Pflanz, 315-426-3510 SOURCE: Sprint Nextel